in the alternate socialist present, i am herding goats with a cane and melody while replacing batteries in the mesh routers the β€˜ware guild has hung from trees. later i dine at the village commissary and watch a movie projected on the side of a barn.

a courier arrives from the next village on horseback with books, zines, letters, art prints, and a hard drive full of music and movies. we offload the drive while the courier joins us for lunch, sharing news β€” harvests, births, deaths, the goings-on of various governance councils β€” while we load a drive with our own new media. the courier leaves as full as they came, and well-fed besides.

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do you understand? it was never technology that made humane relations possible. it was you and i, and our commitment to each other.

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